CSD Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology

The UCSD Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology is co-led by internationally recognized leaders in nerve disorders, Dr. Geoffrey Sheean and  Dr. Justin Brown. The Center provides a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients who have suffered peripheral nerve damage as well as interventions to alleviate maladaptive spasticity of many sources.

Dr. Sheean provides state-of-the-art neurophysiological evaluations for conditions that are often confusing and difficult to diagnose. Dr. Brown provides surgical management for those problems that require surgical intervention. The team also includes intraoperative neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, physical therapists and others who are each able to add their specific expertise for the ideal management of these conditions.

Some of the peripheral nerve disorders treated at the center include brachial plexus injuries, foot drop, wrist drop, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, spasticity, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. these are treated either chemically with local injections of botulinum toxin (botox) or neurosurgically with peripheral neurotomies or nerve transfers.

Team members

Intraoperative neurophysiology: Jeffrey Gertsch and Eric Hentzen (tendon transfers, free muscle transplants)

ENT: Quyen Nguyen (facial nerve paralysis)

Plastics: Amanda Gosman (facial reanimation and free muscle transplants)

Radiology: Afshin Karimi (MRI of nerves); Tudor Hughes (ultrasound of nerves)

Hand therapy: Lisa Harris

Basic science: Veronica Shubayev